The weekend of 24-26 November saw 24 cadets and 9 staff descend on RAF Kirknewton for an inaugural Blue Badge Camp, the weekend was a coalition between staff from 1145, 132, 2466, 1143, 142, 869 and 870 Squadrons in an effort to pull resources and help cadets obtain some of the blue badges available as part of the progressive training syllabus implemented by the corps earlier this year.
The camp saw cadets undergo training and assessment in Radio Communications, Part Task Trainer activities and put into practice their theoretical and practical leadership skills over the course of the weekend.
The weekend was a great success with all cadets walking away with their Blue Radio Operator and Blue Leadership Badges as a minimum and many obtaining their Blue Aviation Wings. In particular 6 cadets from 1145 have returned with new 16 badges which can be placed on their uniform once they have received them this prizegiving.
On Sunday the 12th of November, 1145 air cadets attended Remembrance Parades in Dunfermline and Cowdenbeath commemorating those who paid the ultimate sacrifice through times of war and conflict. We marched from The Alhambra towards the WW1 memorial where the Dunfermline service was held. There was then a few words and a two minutes silence held to remember those who were killed or injured and on behalf of the Sqn Sgt Noble laid a wreath. We then travelled to Cowdenbeath Memorial Parade, laying a wreath at the cenotaph on top of the steep hill, laid by Sgt Lawrence and finally parading down to a memorial service outside the council building where further wreaths were laid and a further wreath laid by Sgt Richmond. It was an emotional experience for all of the cadets who attended and we are glad to say that we all enjoyed ourselves representing our Squadron at both events.
Over the weekend of the 28th and 29th of October we attended B&M for bag packing for raising money for the Squadron funds. We raised £1008 for the Squadron Funds by helping pack bags for customers at B&M. Helping out the customers at B&M by packing there bags was really fun and enjoyable. We would love to help out at B&M again and help the community.
On the 29th of October Cpl Clough and I went to Leuchars for a Pipes and Drums weekend. On the Saturday after breakfast we went to the regional HQ and practiced with our chanters, going over tunes such as Scotland the Brave. We got our pipes out and practiced with the drummers. We practiced marching and counter marching. The rest of the day before dinner I practiced the melody with the main band and got chosen to play with the regional mini band in a competition in the middle of October. At night some people went to the cinema while the rest of us played football and stayed in the delta which was fun. On Sunday we had another day of lots of practice and I got my highland wear. I really enjoyed the weekend and would go back because I met really nice and kind people.
On 2nd of September 2017, cadets form the 1145 squadron attended the EMF Edinburgh half marathon to support the runners that participated in the marathon. They gave out water as well as offer moral support to the runners. Many members of the squadron attended and all who attended enjoyed the experience. Although it was a warm and tiring day, we would be happy to attend another half marathon to offer our help in what ways we can.
On the 20th of August our Squadron competed in the Wing Field Day. The main event was drill. However, the Squadron contested in various events such as Modelling, PR and Photography. The Wing Field Day was held at our home turf around 1145 Squadron on MOD Caledonia so the standard was high. The total cadets representing the squadron for drill prepared themselves months in advance for this special day, it all came down these final hours. The final outcome for the wing field day was the drill team being placed 2nd along with our uniform. The day also consisted of the modelling competition where our CI was highly awarded for his models that he produced he was placed. In Class 4 2nd and 3rd in class 5 CI Turner was placed 3rd. Cpl Noble also done well in the wing field day, in Class 2 he was placed 3rd also in Class 3 he was awarded 1st and 3rd. Finally, PR which the Sqn won at region last year which was delivered by Sgt Noble, Sgt Richmond and Cpl Clough, they went through what we had done through out the year, how the Sqn recruits and how we use our PR martials and to what purpose. We came 1st at PR and look forward to going to region to represent the wing.
From the 19th to the 26th of August Cdt Stephens and Cdt Todman went down to RAF Syerston in Newark. We underwent training to get badges such as, blue and bronze comms, both powered and gliding blue wings, and first aid badges. We also went on visits to other RAF bases such as Waddington and Linton. We also got a visit from a chinook. Half way through the week we had a very special visit from Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty and Group Captain Carol Vorderman. As well as this the red arrows, military police and the tornadoes came and visited us at the base. In the evening we would do inter-flight competitions which we really enjoyed and it helped us work on our leadership skills. The camp was an amazing experience, we met lots of new people, learnt new skills and had a great time and if we got the chance we would love to go back there next year.
Yesterday we had a fantastic result at Regional Field Day for Scotland and Northern Ireland, Our results were..For the second year running, we have been selected winners of the Media and Communications (PR) Competition!Sgt Lewis Noble also received 3rd in modelling for his model of a samurai warrior. 2nd in photography which Sgt Richmond achieved for a photo in ACO in the community. Congratulations and well done to all the people who participated in the day and we hope to do as well next year.
It was a wet and cold evening on the 21st August at 1145 Squadron. The soaking started with a donation of money in exchange for a wet sponge or a bucket of water. It was the only time us cadets could push around the NCO’s. The first NCO victim was Cpl Craig White. The money raised was for our charity of the year, The Captain David Seath memorial fund. David Seath was an ex cadet of 1145 Sqn and an inspiration to the current cadets. After the soaking, the NCO’s got dried and pizza was ordered in celebration of the excellent effort in second place for the drill team.
On Sunday the 3rd of September Sgt Black and Cpl Stephens attended the wing swimming competition at Dean’s high school. We had to swim different types of swimming styles, there were back stroke, breast stroke, butterfly, free style and the medley. Both Sgt Black and Cpl Stephens took part in the breast stroke and freestyle. Sgt Black got silver in the breast stroke. Lots of cadets from different squadrons turned up from our wing to take part in this event. It was a really enjoyable event as we met lots of new people and had great fun doing the swimming. We really enjoyed taking part in this event and would love to do it again next time.
Between the 28th of July and the 6th of August cpl Clough attended the overseas camp at Sennelager in Germany. This took two days of travelling to get to, but was an experience well worth the journey. He was one of 12 cadets to go from all of scotland.
The camp visited the Mohne dam on the day after thy arrived, then on the following days took part in activities such as raft building and high ropes. They also got to visit the NATO base at geilenkirchen where the E-3 sentries are kept, as well as the tanks used by the queens royal hussars.
This is one of the last camps to happen at Sennelager due to the closure of the base, but cpl Clough would enjoy going on camp there again, but perhaps without the long journey there.
Cpl Clough, cpl Lawrence and cdt Watson attended a week long fieldcraft camp from the 1st of July to the 8th of July. This took place in RAF Spadeadam and was the first of its kind. The goal was for those that attended to learn essential skills to be used out in field exercises, such as camouflage and concealment, hand signals and harbour drills, among other things. On the final two days of the camp, Everyone went out on a 48-hour exercise in order to prove and consolidate our skills.
The camp was extremely succesful, and the same camp is planned for next year, although places are likely to all go to West Scotland Wing, not our wing. All three cadets enjoyed the camp greatly and would love to have the same opportunity again.
This years summer camp was at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the RAFs biggest station with over 6000 personnel on base with many different squadrons and sections home to Brize Norton.
Whilst at RAF Brize Norton some of the different sections we visited were; 99 Sqn home of the C17 where we got to look round the aircraft and shown how it is different to other aircraft and what roles it has in the RAF, some even got to go on a flight on the aircraft.
Fire Section, when we were there we got to see all the different equipment and shown how it is quite different to being a civilian firefighter and how they have to train for different scenarios to what a civilian firefighter would have to. We also got to go in the training simulator which was a dark building filled with smoke where you had to try and find your casualty.
JADTEU, which is a testing facility where personnel will test loads going on to aircraft and check if it will fit and what the weight implications will be.
70 Sqn, home of the A400M the RAFs newest aircraft. We got the chance to look inside and see how it was different as well the vision when designing this aircraft was for it to be a merge between the C17 and the Hercules.
RAF Brize Norton has not offered any ATC camps in over 10 years, and with all the facilities experienced, all the cadets who went on this camp thoroughly enjoyed their time there.
On the 29th of June we had 14 cadets attend the Military Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. This was somewhere that's just newly open as a museum before it was a pop up museum that would just attend events to showcase things from the museums archives. The museum ranged from WW1 through to present day. It was an interesting event as we got to see how the military has developed through the years and what changes there has been. We also got to try on some of the gas masks and try bren guns. We then finally got to go outside and see the trenches which were realistic and gave you an idea on what it was like in that time. Thank you to everyone at the museum for the great experience.
On the 11th of June Cdt MacCaskill, Cdt Stephen, Cdt Todman, Cdt Journeaux, Cpl Black, Cpl Lawrence and Cpl Richmond attended Wing Football held at Deans High School, Livingston. It started with 3 round robin tournaments and then the winners to the final. We came second in our group so didn't get to final winning 2 drawing 1 losing 1. This consisted of a 5 a side team with one female cadet on the pitch at all times for the first time. Next time we hope we can go on get through to the finals.
On Tuesday the 13th we attended 603 (City of Edinburgh) Sqn for a WW1 100 year commemoration event. This was an event that we had 8 cadets in attendance which included FS Maxwell, Cpl Richmond, White, Lawrence, Clough, Cdt Lawrence and Penman. We all attended this with another Sqn from Edinburgh.
We started with going into a room which had objects from WW1 on each table where we guessed what objects were on the table and what their uses were. These included Fleshets, Message dropper, Flight map and a model BE2.
After we went downstairs and heard a presentation on WW1 and how it linked to WW1. We learnt that 603 Sqn was formally a Whiskey briary which was given by Teacher Whiskey when the person who died they said on there will they would give it to the RAF when they died.
This was an interesting event to attend hearing from all of the vollenteers giving us the information, were doing this to raise awareness of why WW1 happened. All of the cadets thoroughly enjoyed the evening.
On the 29th of may we had our annual formal inspection. Sqn Ldr Gray visited the squadron in order to assess how well it functions, looking at everything from the drill to the projects such as aeromodelling and media. the night started with and inspection of uniform, followed by a march-past. After this the PR equipment and robotics project were showcased at the HMS Scotia drill deck. The inspection then moved to the MOD Caledonia playing fields in order to demonstrate the RC flying project, followed by a tea break in the squadron. After this the rest of the projects were inspected starting with flight sim and ending with music. This was followed by final parade and the end of the night.
On the 3rd and 4th of June Cpl Richmond, Cpl Clough, Cdt Todmann, and Cdt Neville went hiking through the Pentlands for their bronze Duke of Edinburgh practice expedition. Over the two days they walked 15km, camping at Bonaly Scout Centre. At the Bonaly Scout Centre they were required to cook their own dinner in the evening, and their own breakfast the following morning. This was in order to teach them what they needed to bring and what they would be required to do for their qualifier expedition on the 24th and 25th of June. They all said how use full it was and how much they learnt with map reading and how it will help them for the 'Real' expedition. They all enjoyed themselves and look forward to completing the Expedition on the weekend of the 24th of June. Good luck to everyone!
Between the 19th to the 21st of May Cpl Lawrence attended the first part of his silver comms at Leuchars Station. He said that he thoroughly enjoyed the first part and learnt a lot. He said it was also very different to bronze that he done a couple of months ago, this went more in depth and went away from just the radio and went more into the theory side of communications and why they do everything they do and the impacts if it is not done correctly. Cpl Lawrence said "I can't wait to complete the next part of the course to achieve my Silver Communications and hope to go on and also get my gold!"
Cpl Clough and Myself (FS Maxwell) attended the L98 training and shooting weekend at RAF Lossiemouth. After a 3 and a half hour bus journey and a good nights sleep, we woke up, had breakfast and started training. I had some refresher training and re passed my Weapons Handling Test (WHT) and this meant after lunch I could start shooting the L98. The first 10 rounds, 2 groupings of 5 aloud me to get used to the rifle. After some more shooting, I got to try multi position which includes sitting and kneeling along with the standard prone. My last prone grouping was 29mm (furthest apart) and 40mm for kneeling. Cpl Clough enjoyed learning about the rifle including how to take it apart, cleaning, firing positions and passed his WHT in the end.
On the 23rd of April, 9 cadets from the squadron attended the inter squadron athletics. The weather stayed clear throughout the day which was very nice and added to the great atmosphere. The cadets participated in multiple events including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, Javelin, Shot-put and many others over several age categories gaining 8 medals total.
Gold – Cdt Murrin Mckenzie (Shotput)
Silver – Sgt Jenna Scott (Shotput)
Bronze – Cpl Cameron Lawrence (1500m)
Cdt Lewis Lawrence (400m)
On the 30th of April, we partook in a Duke of Edinburgh walk at Miller and Carter Steakhouse in Crammond Brig. this was conducted in order to assess our competence in navigation and make sure we were able to navigate for the Duke of Edinburgh expedition. This took us two hours, on a round trip through the nearby woodland, in three separate groups with other squadrons. Cpl Clough, Cpl Richmond, Cdt Todman, Cdt Journeaux, Cdt Watson, Cdt Neville, and Cdt Mckenzie were all in attendance, and all earned the National Navigation Award. We all feel as if we have learned some valuable skills and enjoyed ourselves greatly.
On Monday, the 1st we partook in some mountain biking skills as the boss, Flt Lt Kyle has recently passed his mountain biking course. Leading was Flt Lt Kyle and CI Turner with Cpl Black, Cdt Penman, Cdt Lawrence and Cdt Howitt all taking part. As this was the first time they done bike safety whilst on the bike and assessment of the bike to check it was also safe. After doing that they learnt about some of the basics of cornering, position on the bike. They learnt about descending and climbing and to put all of these skills into place by going for a ride around the base.
On Sunday the 30th we partook in the wing first aid competition held at HMS Scotia. This was a competition to test cadets capability of their first aid knowledge which they have learnt on their first aid course which everyone who was in attendance would have attended. This course you can attend to be eligible to enter for the junior teams is 'Youth First Aid' this is a 3 day course where you learn 'heart start' on one evening heart then the other two do bleeding, shock, chocking, recovery position etc.
In attendance on the day was Sgt Scott, Cpl Richmond, Cpl White and Cpl Black who were all first aid trained. We also had a casualty in attendance Cdt Stephens who is currently heart start trained but is hoping to complete her Youth First Aid and this was good experience for her.
The team then started with the group exercise, this is when you and your team go into a room unknown of what the situation is then you find the casualties unknown of their injuries or illnesses and then have to work out through your first aid skills you've learnt best how you should treat them.
After we then had our individuals where it is similar to the groups accept it's just one person with a casualty. This tests other skills as you can't rely on other people and just have to use your own skills. Overall the squadron came 7th which we hope to improve on for the competition next year.
On the 10th of April we attended our first Easter Service as a squadron for many years. We would like to thank our own Padre and Trinity Church, Crossgates for hosting us and for making the evening so enjoyable. We would also like to thank the Civilian Committee along with members of the church for putting on teas and coffees for everyone afterwards. Well done to all of the readers on the evening and hopefully have many events like this in the future.